Simpson named to all-state team

Chad Drury/The Courier

Fairfield High School's Austin Simpson makes contact on a pitch from Solon's Cam Miller during a Class 3A substate final in Solon. Simpson was named second-team all-state at first base by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association today, finishing his season with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.

WASHINGTON — After nearly two weeks of rainouts, the Fairfield baseball team became one of the last area teams to officially open the summer sports season on Friday. The initial results were not what head coach Josh Allison was hoping for as a complete-game shutout by Kolten Hinrichson lifted Washington to a 6-0 win in game one of a Southeast Conference doubleheader with the Trojans.

Austin Simpson, Fairfield's top power hitter last summer, provided the Trojans with the first run of the season driving a solo home run over the fence in center field to open a 5-2 victory in game two over Washington. It was the first run scored by the Trojan baseball team since a 6-4 district championship victory over Iowa City Liberty on July 16 of last year.

Fairfield (1-1, 1-1 SEC) is scheduled for a second conference doubleheader on the road Monday at Fort Madison. So far this season, the Trojans have had games with Chariton, Burlington, Ottumwa, Williamsburg and a trip to the Davis County Classic called off due to weather and field conditions.

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